Thursday, January 15, 2009

Things I Hate

The list really is endless, but I'll boil it down some. Although, as I sit here, I remember my grandmother, when I said I hated something, telling me that I shouldn't use that word. So, I began to say 'I loathe intensely......'
That being said, apologies to Grandma, let's go:

I hate Amy Winehouse for screwing up her life with addiction. When I first heard her, I thought, 'Wow, a little Billie Holiday-esque,' and believe me, I loves me some Billie Holiday. But Amy is following Billie down the addiction highway, although she seems to be traveling at a much higher rate of speed. I hate to see talent wasted.

I hate Bernie Madoff. I hate stories of the rich cheating people to get richer. Did Madoff really need $50 billion so much that he had to destroy the lives of countless others. I hate greed.

I hate Hate. Why is it, that in this day and age, people are still so hateful. When Obama was running for president someone actually said to me: "I hope he doesn't win, 'cuz you know them people are gonna march. They love to march." I replied that I,too, love to march, and would probably join the parade.
When Boy George was on trial for handcuffing an escort to a radiator, I heard someone say, "Typical fag." I replied, "If I had a nickel for every time I've chained a male escort to a radiator, I couldn't buy a piece of penny candy. and I'm a pretty typical fag."

I hate what Bush/Cheney have done to this country. I hate that the American people let it be done. I hate that we didn't demand his removal from office, and that he and Cheney be tried for war crimes. To use a phrase I am stealing from Echo Chamber, 'Begone hellhounds!'

I hate people who use religion to spread fear. If you believe in God, it's quite simple: God Is Love. Words to live by. If you don't believe in God, it's equally simple: Life is love. Just be nice to one another. I mean, really, how hard is that? Be nice.

I hate what a celebrity driven society we've become; how everybody seems to want their fifteen minutes of fame, no matter what they have to do to get it. Sell your soul for a shot at TV; degrade yourself in front of millions. How sad.

I hate this youth obsessed society. I mean, did you see Demi Moore on the Golden Globes the other night? She looks like a young Demi Moore! She looks younger than her own daughter who was standing near her on the stage. How much is too much? Jocelyn Wildenstein too much. We're slowly becoming an expressionless world. I won't do it. I want you to look at my face and see that I'm mad, confused, sad, upset, happy; laugh lines are good. You laughed!

I hate cancer. I hate cigarettes that cause cancer. I hate that I lost my mother to cancer. I hate that cancer has shown it's hideous face to my family yet again.


Beth said...

aw Hon...I hate cancer too. I've lost alot of people to cancer.

and while I love American Idol, I hate this part of it....where you get the horrible people just trying to get on tv,(bikini girl) and then the people who go on there really thinking they can sing, and the judges laugh at them and make fun of them. Mean.

Berry Blog said...

I revelled in this post. yay...for speaking out.
xoxo charlie

Joy said...

You write so well, Bob! This post resonates with me in so many ways. I agree with your entire list and can add nothing to it as eloquently as you've already expressed it. All I can do is applaud you! :-)

I've been watching Oprah lately, which I don't often do, and am glad I did today. The Methodist minister was on who said that being gay is a blessing from God on her show last week. Oprah mentioned the emails she'd gotten (positive and negative). The minister said the most judgmental and hateful (he didn't say hateful but it was similar - can't remember) messages were from Christians unfortunately. He said his church was about love and acceptance.

I want more people to take a stand like that. I've been saying things to them about how they give Christianity a bad name and how unchristian their attitude is. Usually I mention civil rights, too. I also like what someone said that about calling their wives/husbands their roommates or partners, etc. and after being corrected, saying, "I don't recognize marriage."

Joy said...

Are W and the gang just going to walk out of there unpunished and unscathed? How can this happen?

Bob said...

I think you may be right about W and his hellhounds. There won't be any punishment!

And about the standing up, I think we all need a bit of a push. I have friends who say theu support gay marriage etc, but when I asked if they talk to their straight friends about those issues, most said 'No,'
So I suggested they do it, because a lot of anti-gay folks, I think, are just following one side like sheep, because they don't want to rock the boat.
Well, the boat needs rocking!

frogponder said...

>>I hate people who use religion to spread fear. If you believe in God, it's quite simple: God Is Love. Words to live by. If you don't believe in God, it's equally simple: Life is love. Just be nice to one another. I mean, really, how hard is that? Be nice.<<

Amen, you are preaching to the choir!

I'm not Christian, but somewhere I read that someone (and it might have been the minister Joy was talking about) said, 'Jesus had the biggest tent of all.'

I think I would have liked Jesus.

Bob said...

Why mess things up when you can keep it simple>

Thanks for stoppin' by!